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U. of Alaska journalism students to embed with troops in Iraq

July 29, 2009

Three University of Alaska undergraduate students and a professor leave this week for Diyala Province in Iraq, where they will spend nearly a month embedded with U.S. troops.

They plan to eat, sleep, and travel alongside members of an Alaska-based Army Stryker Brigade Combat Team, while filing daily articles for news organizations and for their student newspaper, The Sun Star.

Last spring the university's president, Mark R. Hamilton, a 31-year Army veteran who retired in 1998 as a major general, approached several student journalists about sending students on a real-life mission to Iraq.

Each of the students has signed a liability form that outlines the potential risk of death, kidnapping, and injury. 


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